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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter SPORTS AND Wednesday, May 9, 2012 RECREATION [,ii ;   ii ;i}; ( : i '! :" :!:Q  ...............  ::"qi! :E A]  i U i :::: : :: *: i!i: '!ii'!ii;::ii i'T::"::':::: : i!i ::.i : : : ' i::  : :;:::' :: : : :':: ; i !:i ::: :: ::::::::::::::::::::: i] BOTH FRC TEAMS WIN REGIONAL PLAYOFFS lC The Feather River College softball team celebrates its playoff win. After losing game one 8-4, FRC rebounded with 9-5 and 9-6 wins Sunday. Photos by Shannon Morrow Softball overcomes opening loss The No. 8 seed Feather River College softball pro- gram hosted the No. 9 seed West Valley College Vikings in the regional playoffs May 5 - 6 at Feather River Col- lege. The first game did not turn out well for FRC, as the Golden Eagles fell behind in the best-of-three series by losing 4-8. Costly errors led to a six-run third inning for West Valley. Leading hitters for FRC in game one were Alexa Youngberg, who had two hits, and Ashley Barrett, Gabby Palmer, Kristina Rozelle, Lexi McKinnon, Melissa Smith and Rachel Hatzell, who all added one hit each. Day two of the regional playoffs proved to be a tough task for the Golden Eagles, as they were faced with elimination. FRC would need to sweep the double header on Sunday in order to advance to the next round. West Valley scored first in the fourth inning with back- to-back hits to take a 1-0 lead. The Golden Eagles sent a strong message to the Vikings in the bottom of the fourth, answering their one run with six of their own. FRC had five hits in the in- ning to take a 6-1 lead. West Valley answered right back in the top of the fifth with a three-run home run to cut FRC's lead to 6-4. The Golden Eagles once again pushed their lead to five runs with three runs in the sixth inning. West Valley did not go down quietly, as they rallied in the seventh by scoring three runs, but came up short. The Golden Eagles took the second game of the series with a 9-7 win, push- ing it to a third and deciding game. Feather River College jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning of game three with a big three-run homer off the bat of Karly Hall. West Valley once again answered FRC's three runs with a single run of their own in their half of the in- ning. The Golden Eagles re. sponded with a single run in the fourth inning, only to lose their lead in the fifth, when the Vikings got a big four-run inning to take a 5-4 lead. FRC wasted little time bat- tling back, as the Golden Ea- gles scored five runs in the fifth inning to take a com- manding 9-5 lead with just nine outs left to get. FRC pitcher Melissa Smitl shut the door on the West Valley Vikings, as she surrendered just one more run over the next three in- nings to give Feather River a Super Regional berth with a 9-6 victory. Feather River will be one of four teams competing in the Super Regional double- elimination tournament at College Of the Siskiyous in Weed this Friday through Sunday, May 11 - 13. The other three teams competing are Siskiyous, San Joaquin Delta and Fres- no City. Feather River opens against Siskiyous Friday. Feather River's Melissa Smith works hard from the pitcher's circle last Sunday, May 6. Feather River's baseball team revels in its postseason victory. The Golden Eagles now have a 32-6 overall record. Baseball sweeps Sac City The Feather River College Golden Eagles baseball team swept Sacramento CitY Col- lege in two home games last weekend to advance to the Super Regionals for the third time in five years. The Golden Eagles won game oneof the best-of-three series on Saturday by a score of 13-5, and they won game two on Sunday by a score of 11-10 to clinch the series. Feather River will now Justin Bohn puts the ball into play. Bohn batted 9-10 with seven RBIs and a home run over the two-game series. host the Super Regionals be- ginning Friday, May 11. With the sweep, the Golden Eagles run their overall record on the season to 32-6. In Saturday's opening game of the Regionals, the Golden Eagles were able to score all their runs in three innings, as they won 13-5 over the Panthers. The Golden Eagles started freshman Michael Bennett on the mound, and he pitched 7-2/3 innings, al- lowed nine hits and one earned run and struck out six Panther hitters for his 10th victory of the season. Sophomores Chase Toku- naga and Andy Amaro fin- ished off the victory with 1- 1/3 innings of one-hit relief to seal the victory. Offensively, the Golden Eagles pounded out 16 hits in the game as every offen- sive starter had at least one hit. Freshman Justin Bohn led the way for the Golden Eagles, as he went 4-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Sophomores Austin Bali and Naea Kalehuawehe and freshmen Ryan McMonigle and Mike Egami also added two hits each, with Bali also adding three RBIs. Sopho- more Kyle Ford scored two runs and hit a solo home run for the Golden Eagles in the fifth inning. In Sunday's clinching vic- tory, the Golden Eagles and Panthers traded punches for nine innings before the Golden Eagles won 11-10. Each team started off by scoring three runs in the first inning, and Sacramento City also scored two runs in the second and one in the third to take a 6-3 lead into the fourth inning. The Golden Eagles an- swered with asingle run in the fourth inning, two more runs in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth in- ning to take a 9-6 lead that they would never surrender. Offensively, the Golden Eagles pounded out 12 hits in the game, led by Bohn and his five hits. Bohn was 5-5, scored three runs, had three RBIs and hit a solo homer in the seventh in- ning. Sophomore Paul Cagle added two hits and an RBI, and freshman Brock Asher added two hits and three RBIs. On the mound, freshman Grant Mattes picked up his second victory of the season in relief of sophomore starter Alex Vetter. Mattes went three innings, allowing four hits and one run and striking out two hitters. Bennett pitched the ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season, as he al- lowed one run and struck out one hitter. Feather River hosts Super Regional this weekend The Feather River College Golden Eagles baseball team will host the 2012 Super Re- gionals at the Eagles' Nest starting this Friday, May 11, and running through the championship game Sunday, May 13. The three teams to join the Golden Eagles in the double elimination tournament are Fresno City College, Merced College and Sierra College. The tournament will open up with the Golden Eagles playing Sierra College (22-15) at noon on Friday. Game two of the tournament will feature Fresno City (27-11) and Merced (27-11) starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, there will be three games played starting at 10 a.m. with game three, in which the game one loser plays the game two loser. The 2 p.m. game (game four) will feature the game one winner vs. the game two win- ner. At approximately 5:30 p.m., game five will feature the game three winner vs. the game four loser. Sunday's championship (game six) will feature the game four winner vs. the game five winner beginning at 11 a.m. If a second champi- onship game is needed, it will be played 45 minutes after game six. All four teams in the Super Regional swept their best-of- three series last weekend. Fresno City College swept Canada College 14-4 and 5-4. Merced College beat West Val- ley College by scores of 7-1 and 9-2, and Sierra College swept Laney College 4-2 and 10-9 to advance. All games in the Super Re- gional will be available via livestats, and all FRC games will be available on the radio. 1 Feather River(32-6) 8 Sierra (22-15-1) 4 Fresno City (27-11) S Merced (27211) Winner #1 Game #4- Saturday Winner #2 Loser#1 Game #3 - Saturday Loser#2 Ninner #4 Loser#4 Winner #3 Game #5 - Saturday Game #6- Sunday Game #7- Sunday i/needed, 30 minutes .following game #6